Stage Talk

Theater aficionado Steven Hunt takes listeners backstage to chat with actors, directors, playwrights and technical artists about the theater scene in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. When multiple events allow, a calendar of the best live performances and stage events in Southcentral Alaska is also provided.

VPA’s Clue: The Musical and The Sting visit Stage Talk

The audience tries to "figure it out" in both of Valley Performing Arts' upcoming productions of Clue: The Musical which opens February 22nd and runs through March 17th and The Sting which opens April 5th and runs through the 21st. Cast members from both shows join Jean and Steve to give hints about these exciting productions.
    KSKA: Friday 2/22 at 2:45pm

Winnie-The-Pooh Comes to the Alaska Fine Arts Academy in Eagle River

A. A. Milne's endearing and enduring characters Kanga, Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit among others come to life in the Alaska Fine Arts Academy's production of Kristin Sergel's stage adaptation of Winnie-the-Pooh. AFAA's Executive Director Holly Linsay along with Co-Director Holly Tarkov and actor Chris Cox come on Stage Talk this week to let Jean and Steve in on all the fun. Winnie-the-Pooh opens in Eagle River on July 11th and runs through the 26th. KSKA: Friday, June 27, at 2:45 p.m. Listen now:

Stage Talk: Frankenstein

Just in time for Halloween, the Alaska Theatre of Youth presents Frankenstein this weekend through October 31st at the Sydney Laurence theatre. This week...

UAA Theatre and Dance 2016-17 season

KSKA: Friday, August 19 at 2:45p.m. Lot's coming up this year over at the University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Theatre and Dance so Assistant Professors Dr. Brian Cook and Ty Hewitt drop by Stage Talk to tell us all about it. The university produces a full slate of theatre, dance and student produced shows throughout the year. LISTEN NOW

Stage Talk: Chemical Imbalance

A darkly comedic, twisted retelling of the tale of Jekyll and Hyde, Chemical Imbalance opens tonight at UAA's Mainstage Theater. Actors Daniel Alvarez-Lemp and...

UAA Theatre presents The Night of the Iguana

There's more than what just meets the eye in this week's Stage Talk as Scenic Designer Daniel Carlgren and Costume Designer Colleen Metzger from the University of Alaska Anchorage's Department of Theatre and Dance stop by to talk about creating the evocative world of Tennessee Williams' powerful drama, The Night of the Iguana opening February 14th and running through March 2nd. KSKA: Friday 2/7 at 2:45pm Listen Now

Stage Talk: Lay of the Land

Tim Miller has been closely following the public hearings surrounding Anchorage's Ordinance 64, the Assembly’s 7-4 vote, and the ensuing veto. With his tales...

Cyrano’s Holiday Offering

KSKA: Friday, December 2 at 2:45pm Cyrano's Theatre Company is bringing back two favorites for its holiday offerings this year: Pinkalicious the Musical written by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann (based on their picture book by the same name) with music and lyrics by John Gregor and Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) by Michael Carlton, Jim Fitzgerald and John K. Alvarez. Teresa Pond, who directed both plays (as well as the New York premier of Pinkalicious) joins actors Sarah Baird and Austin Roach this week on Stage Talk. Both plays perform through December 18th.

Stage Talk: Time of Your Life

William Saroyan's Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, Time of Your Life is now playing at Cyrano's in Anchorage. Set in a decrepit bar in 1939,...

Stage Talk: Alaska Fine Arts Academy

Host Jean Paal speaks with guest Bob Croley and John Sanders about their production of MASH which is taking place at the Alaska Fine...

Stage Talk: The Head That Wouldn't Die

This week on Stage Talk, hosts Mark and Jean chat with Lindsay Lamar and Elle DeLaney, two local actresses currently starring in Rand Higbee's,...

Anchorage Community Theatre presents Nunsense

There's a crisis at the convent and Mother Superior Sister Mary Regina and Sister Mary Hubert  from the Little Sisters of Hoboken come to Stage Talk to ask for help. Join actors Jane Baird and Paige Langit from Anchorage Community Theatre's production of Dan Goggin's hilarious musical Nunsense this week as they plead their case. KSKA: Friday 4/19 at 2:45 pm

Schatzie Schaefers’ new play Spikes being presented by RKP

Loosely based on the Enron scandal in 2001, but focused on the individual people who were affected by corporate greed of the time, Spikes is the latest play by Anchorage playwright Schatzie Schaefers and is being produced by RKP Productions. Schaefers, along with director Dick Reichman drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about the play as well as how they collaborated to bring it to fruition. Spikes performs at Cyrano's Theatre Company April 13-29. Thanks for listening! KSKA: Friday, April 13 at 2:45pm

Stage Talk: Fallen

Opening tonight, UAA Theatre and Dance presents Fallen, stories of the women of the Old Testament told through aerial theatre and modern language. Their...

Stage Talk: Pride and Prejudice

Based on the Jane Austen novel about five sisters growing up in the 18th century, Valley Performing Arts presents Pride and Prejudice September 10...

The Last Frontier Theatre Conference

KSKA: Friday, June 9 at 2:45pm This years marks the 25th anniversary of one of the nation's premier theatre conferences and it's right here in Valdez, Alaska. The Last Frontier Theatre Conference started under the leadership of Dr. Jo Ann C. (Jody) McDowell and has been led by conference coordinator Dawson Moore since 2003. While at the core of the conference is the Play Lab, in which playwrights have their original works read to and given feedback by conference participants, the week-long event also features live performances, workshops in everything from acting and improvisation to playwriting and dramaturgy--and if that isn't enough, there is even a fringe festival that goes way into the evening. Conference Coordinator Dawson Moore joins Stage Talk via a phone line this week to let us in on all the details. LISTEN HERE

The Vagina Monologues at Bear Tooth

KSKA: Friday, February 2 at 2:45pm It's the 20th anniversary of "V-Day", a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls started by author, playwright and activist Eve Ensler and Anchorage's STAR (Standing Together Against Rape) is presenting Ensler's play, The Vagina Monologues at the Bear Tooth Theatre to celebrate the event. Joining Stage Talk host Steve Hunt this week to talk about the show are the director Krista Schwarting, actor Amanda Cantrell and Jennifer Brown of STAR. The Vagina Monologues performs February 8 and 26. LISTEN HERE

ACT’s Let Nothing You Dismay

KSKA: Friday, November 24 at 2:45pm Anchorage Community Theatre is presenting a zany comedy for the holidays from the pen of Atlanta playwright Topher Payne in Let Nothing You Dismay. Twenty-two characters played by eight actors tell the story of a young couple waiting for the birth of their soon-to-be-adopted child on Christmas Day. Joining Host Steve Hunt this week on Stage Talk is Missy Overly, an actor who plays three different parts, and David Block who has taken on the reins of Director. Let Nothing You Dismay runs November 24 through December 17 at Anchorage Community Theatre located at 1133 E. 70th Avenue. LISTEN HERE

Stage Talk: The Wizard of Oz & Audition for Murder

This week host Mark Muro is joined by director, Ron Holmstrom and Emily Decker, who plays Dorothy in the Anchorage Community Theatre's production of...

RKP Productions presents The Afterlife of J. Edgar Hoover

KSKA: Friday, April 7 at 2:45pm During KSKA's Spring Fund Drive, Stage Talk goes to great lengths... or distances to bring exciting guests to the show. In this case we go to Australia (via Skype) to talk to playwright Timothy Daly about the premier of his play, The Afterlife of J. Edgar Hoover being produced by RKP Productions in association with Cyrano's Theatre Company. Joining Timothy in the studio are Director and Producer Dick Reichman and Producer Audrey Weltman Kelly. The Afterlife of J. Edgar Hoover performs at Cyrano's Theatre Company April 7th through the 23rd. LISTEN NOW